“Your Reasonable Service” – Part 2

“Your Reasonable Service” – Part 2
Co-Pastor Elena Robertson
Mt. Gilead Full Gospel International Ministries

My spiritual mom, Co-Pastor Elena, continues her message on what it means to offer God our worship or “reasonable service.”   Last Wednesday, she explained that true praise and worship is more about who we are as Christians, than what we do.  If you didn’t read that post, you can see it here:  ”Your Reasonable Service” Part 1.  In order to give God our reasonable service, we must present ourselves as a living sacrifice to God.  Part 2 focuses on what this means.

Romans 12:1 (NIV)
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship (or “this is your reasonable service,” according to the King James Version).

God wants us be firm in the decisions that we make.
What part of your life are you strattling the fence?
If God is telling you to do something, do it even if it’s something you don’t want to do (that’s why it’s called a sacrifice).  He knows what’s best!  Normally, God will give you a sense of peace about the decision He wants you to make.  But, if you don’t feel at peace, go to the Word (the Bible) to find your answer and pray about it.

God wants us to wait on Him.
A good way to illustrate this is to consider God a patron at a fancy restaurant and you’re the waiter or waitress.  Think about a time when you received great service or maybe not so great service from a waiter.  What made the service so good or bad?  Was the waiter attentive to your needs during the meal?  Did he greet you with a smile?  Did he make you feel like you were the only person in the restaurant?  How are you serving God?  He wants our time and attention — the qualities of good service.

The following scriptures also give details on what it means to be a living sacrifice for God:

Galatians 2:20 (NIV)
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.  The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

1 Peter 2:5 (NIV)
You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

2 Timothy 2:15 (NIV)
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

Something to think about: Besides giving God our attention and standing firm on the decisions we make as believers, being a living sacrifice also means using your gifts and talents to be a blessing while you’re here on earth.  Tomorrow is not promised.  God gave you the gifts, so take time to use them for a divine purpose.

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